Facts about COVID-19 vaccines

In the United States there is still no licensed or approved vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). With the possibility that there will be a limited supply of one or more COVID-19 vaccines available before the end of 2020, it is crucial that information on vaccines is accurate.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines don’t make you sick with COVID-19

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently under development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal of all of them is to teach our immune system to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can produce symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is developing immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

It usually takes a few weeks for the body to produce immunity after vaccination. This means that it is possible for a person to become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after being vaccinated, and become ill. This is because the vaccine did not have enough time to generate protection.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not produce positive results in viral tests for COVID-19

Vaccines currently in clinical trial stages in the United States will not produce positive results in viral tests, which are used to detect if you have a ongoing infection.

If your body generates an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility that you will be positive on some of the antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate that you had a previous infection and that it might have some level of protection against the virus. Right now, experts are looking at how the COVID-19 vaccine might affect the results of antibody tests.

REAL FACT: People who got COVID-19 may still benefit from the vaccine

Due to the serious health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that there is a possibility of being reinfected with COVID-19, people may be advised to get vaccinated against COVID-19 even if they already had it.

At the moment, experts do not know how much protection time people who get sick have once they recover from COVID-19. The immunity that a person develops after an infection, known as natural immunity, varies from person to person. There is some initial evidence to suggest that natural immunity might not last long.

We won’t know how long the immunity generated through vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on its effectiveness.

Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and the CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

FACT: Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick from COVID-19

Although many people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, others may become seriously ill and may even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 might affect you, even if you are not at increased risk for serious complications. If you get sick, you may also spread the disease to friends, family, and other close people while you are sick. Vaccination against COVID-19 helps protect you by creating an antibody-generating response without having to suffer from the disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

REAL FACT: The mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA.

MRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can be easily described as the instructions for making a protein or even a protein part. The mRNA is not capable of altering or modifying the genetic makeup (DNA) of a person. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine does not enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is found. In other words, mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. In contrast, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work together with the body’s natural defenses to safely build protection (immunity) against the disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.


Paper Stones – Trump’s Economic Miracle: A Myth

Joe Biden has finally won the election. Against all odds, Donald Trump has been close to prevailing in the elections with a speech focused on his economic management, although the data (reality) do not support it. Is his legacy really such? Is right?

The growth trend in the United States

Some claim that Trump has achieved a true miracle in terms of economic growth and unemployment, achieving historically low rates of both variables. However, what is true about this assumption?

As can be seen in the following graph, the evolution of the growth rate of the United States in the first years of Donald Trump’s mandate is not very different from its evolution in the last three years with Obama as president, and is part of a trend inherited from its predecessor. The average of both groups is 2.5% and 2.3% respectively, with growth of 5.5% in 2014.

What about unemployment? While it is true that the unemployment rate in February 2020 was 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years, during Trump’s last three years in the White House before the outbreak of the pandemic, 6.4 million jobs were created, compared to 7 million in the last 3 years of Obama’s term.

Trump’s protectionism

Another of the star points of the US president is the application of high tariffs to imports from several countries, China standing out among them. Some insist on the application of more tariffs, arguing that the US must have some self-sufficiency to reduce its dependence on third countries, while defending that these types of measures increase local employment. What’s true in this affirmation?

Nothing. In a recent studyThe Federal Reserve investigates the effect of tariffs on the US manufacturing sector and that of retaliatory tariffs on employment and prices borne by producers. Its results are clear: this type of protectionism has increased production costs and is responsible for a 1.4% decrease in employment in the manufacturing sector, that is, far from “returning” to Americans the jobs lost by offshoring in the sector, which has served them to benefit from lower prices, has reduced their employment.

Protectionism has also increased the prices of final goods and reduced the votes for the Republican Party, as already published by a server in Free market.

The tax reform

Other of the main measures of President Trump has been his great tax reform, which reduced, among others, the Corporation Tax from the range 15-35% depending on the company to 21% for all. While studies like that of Kumar (2019) claim that each point of GDP of lower taxes due to Trump’s tax reform translated into a 0.3% higher job creation, the reform has created a hole in US revenue, with corporate revenue being 80,000 million dollars less than expected when carrying out the reform and 230,000 million compared to the projections prior to the reform in both 2018 and 2019.

Employment in the US and COVID-19

As far as the economy is concerned, if there has been a protagonist of this crisis in the United States, it has undoubtedly been unemployment. Unemployment was falling in the United States when the COVID-19 crisis broke out, which totally reversed this trend, causing the United States to reach an unemployment rate greater than 14% that is now beginning to fall, with an uncertain future. Faced with this scenario, Congress decided to extend unemployment benefits in such a way that they exceeded 90% of the average salary of all the states of the country. So much so that one out of every five unemployed who received these benefits managed to earn double or more than they earned in their respective jobs. However, although Democrats want to extend these extra benefits until at least January, Republicans are struggling to reduce it, something that can be fatal in a recession, as it reduces one of the mechanisms by which aggregate demand is being sustained, which affects turn to employment.

There is much talk about the supposedly spectacular figures for the US economy, but the data does not support such a hypothesis. The North American economy has remained, in both growth and employment, in the trend inherited from Obama, and Donald Trump’s protectionism has reduced employment in the United States while increasing the prices of goods that consumers buy Americans. Furthermore, when trying to reduce unemployment benefits, which are key in this serious recession, one of the mechanisms by which aggregate demand is maintained is being attacked.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

With information from El Farandi

Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

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Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at https://t.co/qtPYF1CahM! #FrostGiant pic.twitter.com/NRFfu64qCU

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020


StarCraft 2 stops producing content 10 years after launch, but Blizzard will keep it alive

It seems that new games based on the franchise are not being ruled out, with no sequel announced yet.

In July 2010 it was put on sale StarCraft 2, a game that has remained the dominant RTS as it was with its predecessor. Now, Blizzard announces the cessation of development of new content for this title, which means that we will not have more commanders or chests to buy. But that does not necessarily mean that he will die.

Of course, the lack of news will put off many players, but the servers will remain active as up to now and their developers have confirmed that we will continue to have updates with balance adjustments and bug fixes, “focusing primarily on what matters most to our core and competitive community.”

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Qualifying this last point, Blizzard ensures that SC2 will continue to maintain its usual representation in the eSports scene from the hand of ESL Gaming and GSL. What about the IP as such? In the past, the Warcraft fathers had no qualms about listing their most relevant games for the future. Right now StarCraft doesn’t have a sequel on the horizon, but it seems that something like this is not ruled out.

Or at least, it is what can be read between the lines following the closing of the entry. Producer Rob Bridenbecker concludes, “We will keep you posted on any and all plans we have for future forays into the Koprulu sector.” In the absence of something more specific, we remind you that Blizzard has announced Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV (plus the spin-off Immortal) as well as the imminent expansion Shadowlands WoW, so it will surely be a while until we see their next big game.

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